Monday, August 29, 2011

The Playboy Club? No Thanks.












I contributed a guest post about NBC's new fall series, The Playboy Club, on Marina DelVecchio's fantastic blog, Marinagraphy.

Please check it out and let me know what you think. Here's the link.

http://marinagraphy.com/playboy-club/


9 comments:

R. Doug Wicker said...

Well, I'm just going to make one observation and leave it at that:

We don't glorify the depersonalization of woman with shows such as The Playboy Club anymore than we glorify racism with movies such as To Kill a Mockingbird or The Color Purple. If done properly, such dramas highlight what was wrong with society at that time and serve as a lesson concerning those who are discriminated or dehumanized today.

Just a thought.

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

Let's hope it does, R. Doug, but, unfortunately I don't think that will be the case. Today, I heard the company plans to re-open a club in Chicago, hoping to capitalize on the buzz from the show.

Thanks for reading.

Kris said...
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Kris said...

I have to agree with R. Doug Wicker that shows like "Mad Men" use sexism to prove a point that it was very prevalent during the era in which "Mad Men" takes place to make a statement that the "good old days" weren't really the "good old days" when women could be treated like total crap.

Regardless, women in a lot of media still seem to be portrayed still as second class citizens in society, among other marginalized folks. I really enjoyed the article.

On the other hand, "The Playboy Club" almost seems like blatant advertisement on Hugh Hefner's part. I just don't feel like taking a part of making women feel like they are just morsels to be snacked on and I don't plan on watching this show to help the morsel cause.

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

I like your morsel analogy, Kris. It is a good point.

Thanks for reading.

Liminal Fiction said...

Good article. If the show will really glamorize the objectification of women and spin it as empowerment, then I won't be tuning in.

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

Thanks for reading. I appreciate your comment.

Leah Griffith said...

Karen, that was a fantastic article! You voiced what I have felt time and time again. I can’t believe how little advancements we have made when it comes to women being viewed as sex objects. It seems we have gone backwards, what with all the pressure to stay young and gorgeous, by whatever means one can afford. I also get really ticked when I watch TV and see a beautiful young woman on the arm of a bloated middle-aged braggart with a bad toupee…it’s pretty obvious who the script writers are trying to please…the big money male sponsors! Grrrr! This stuff touches a nerve for me.
Thank you for speaking out;)
Leah

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

Thanks for reading, Leah. It needs to be discussed.